Four Million Tons of Carbon Dioxide
Morro Bay Power Plant, Morro Bay, California, USA
March 23, 2007, 11:50 am PDT
© 2007 G. Donald Bain, All Rights Reserved.
I was watching and waiting for an exceptional sunset or sunrise - but nothing special happened. I considered trying to capture the fog blowing through the Golden Gate, but that didn't work out either. A misty, rainy day would have been great, but it was clear and sunny.
I headed south down the coast for the weekend, and had dinner in the town of Paso Robles at Bad Bubba's Big Barbecue, or was it Big Bubba's Bad Barbecue? Lots of ersatz atmosphere there, cowboy paraphernalia and a mechanical bull.
Eventually I decided on a serious and invisible theme - greenhouse gas emissions, specifically carbon dioxide, symbolized by the big Morro Bay electric generating station. Ironically, the plant was silent, shut down while its owners battle with regulatory agencies and citizens' groups over its future.